The Best Wedding Bands in Canberra

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Azlan Bathusha

Azlan Bathusha, one of Canberra’s most recommended bands of bookings and events in Canberra. Photo: Supplied.

You are well on the way to planning your wedding day in Canberra; a momentous occasion marking the unity of love, family, and life – and without doubt you want it to be memorable.

Every Canberra wedding celebration is a feast for the senses; and now is the time to focus on creating the right atmosphere through sound, selecting your wedding band.

From the ceremony to the reception your wedding band plays a huge role in drumming up the mood and connecting your guests with the emotion that they day will have in store.

With all this responsibility it is no wonder that wedding bands are booked well in advance. Finding a skilled local wedding band that reflects your style is one thing; but selecting the right one without seeing them play live is another!

If you’re searching for professional wedding band in Canberra then look no further. We’ve taken the time to do some research and have some handy points to make this process a easier, along with some recommendations for the best wedding bands in the Canberra region.

What makes a great wedding band?

Choosing the right wedding band will help create an atmosphere that not only reflects who you are as a couple, it will also energise the mood and thoroughly entertain your guests.

It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a wedding band:

  • Style Match. Every couple is unique and so too are their tastes in music. Seek a wedding band that not only compliments your taste; but one that also suits the venue and overall theme of the day. A string quartet exudes formal elegance, a salsa band screams fun, while jazz speaks of sophisticated sass. Consider whether the band suits the venue and surrounds and be sure to peruse any available demos or videos from previous weddings to get a feel for they work in the moment.
  • Expertise. When it comes to wedding band experience is key. Look for bands who are veterans in this space to ensure a polished performance on your big day. Several well-heeled years performing live to diverse audiences ensures your band of choice is versed in reading the room; and tailoring their performance to ride the response of the crowd.
  • Expansive Repertoire. A wedding is a long affair and often attended by an eclectic mix of people. This mean that you can’t simply be guided by your own tastes; consider your guests and the type of music they will want to listen – and dance to. Ensure your band can cater their set to a broad mix of genres and styles to bring music to the ears of each guest. Be sure to nut out your song list, along with any of their suggestions on what to have – as great bands will have loads to contribute to make your wedding one to remember.
  • Flexibility. While the contract should cover all of the main items for your event, some aspects of your wedding are harder to plan for. Be sure to understand contingencies for things like illness; whether they are prepared to extend their set, by how long and respective charges. Also consider how they perform; are they willing to adapt to suit changing moods of the reception, are they open to taking requests, and can they lead a crowd to really get the party going.
  • Professionalism. With the level of detail and planning that goes into every aspect of a wedding, both large and small, you want to have comfort knowing that your wedding band will execute their duties with nothing less than polished perfection. Whether they are there as the band alone or acting as master of ceremonies, be sure to check that they will look and act the part. What will they wear, when will they arrive, how long do they need for a sound check, what equipment will be needed and so on.

The best wedding bands in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Azlan Bathusha

Azlan Bathusha

Azlan is an engaging, original and super adaptable performer who sets himself apart with his unique and distinctive style. With an interesting musical foundation of percussion-oriented acoustic guitar playing and layering of riff, rhythm and vocal harmony, this attention-grabbing technique combined with his enthusiastic stage presence gives a lively, dynamic and surprising show.

Azlan’s variety and quality is also impressive – he can satisfy a broad range of music lovers with a playlist of covers that spans both time and style, delivered with his own refreshing takes and laid back ambience, able to satisfy expectations, do justice to classics and still infuse his own flavour into the tunes.

Azlan’s music is all about putting the audience at ease, crafting an atmosphere of beers on the beach and lazy Sundays and music you can’t help but dance to. Book Azlan Bathusha for your wedding, and you and your guests are guaranteed to have an amazing time.

The FireKatz

Keep the 50s alive with The FireKatz, a local trio specialising in classic rock with infectious charisma and rhythm. They’ve played in Canberra and regional ACT, from the Casino Canberra, to the Yass Soldiers Club, to the Tilba Tattoo & Rockabilly Show. So why not fire up the atmosphere at your wedding with The FireKatz, and let them bring everyone to the dance floor with some fast and fun rockabilly to the dance floor?

Ghostnoises

Ghostnoises, or Liam White, is a solo electronic and live acoustic artist. With a unique and experimental sound drawing from many influences and genres, Liam is guaranteed to add a whole new dimension to the entertainment at your wedding, with irresistible rhythm and captivating melodies. From playing at the Phoenix Bar and Smith’s Alternative here in Canberra, to the Loaded Laneway Festival back in 2018, to supporting acts such as Kingston County and Boroky at the Street Theatre, Liam’s got great experience playing in front of crowds and getting them on their feet.

Something Like This

With 10 years and over 500 weddings Something Like This has built a flawless reputation for delivering exciting and memorable wedding performances.

Catering to a broad mix of musical styles they at home playing everything from jazz, to pop, rock, and soul and even top 40. Available for the intimacy of your vows to the height of your reception this Canberra Wedding Band are to get those hands in the air.

Paula shared their great experience with Something Like This on RiotACT, “Had them play for us at our reception a month or two ago. FANTASTIC! Super easy to deal with and got everyone up and dancing the whole night…highly recommend.”

String Elephants

String Elephants is a four piece band of local Canberra lads. Their youthful sound, sweet melodies, funky bass lines and up-beat rhythms – drawing on giants of the alternative genre Last Dinosaurs and Two Door Cinema Club – are sure to get your wedding guests up and dancing in no time. But don’t take our word for it – String Elephants’ debut single ‘Fluorescent’ hit #2 on the Triple J Unearthed chart back in 2016, and since then they’ve been making waves in the local scene and have since gone on to support one of their biggest influences, Last Dinosaurs.

Will Campbell

Will Campbell is a solo singer-songwriter and guitarist with an easy-going and authentic sound, boasting enchanting guitar melodies and effortless vocals. Busy recording his debut EP, Will has also been performing regularly at gigs here in Canberra and interstate, at events like Relay for Life and opening for other artists in Melbourne and Sydney. If you book Will for the entertainment at your wedding, he is sure to provide a romantic and uplifting performance from beginning to end – perfect for the occasion!

Smooth Ops

Smooth Ops have been wowing audiences in Canberra for over 10 years, performing at countless weddings, gala’s and black-tie events. Offering nothing but the real deal, this band brings powerful vocals and tight harmonies underpinned by live instrumental.

Fun and energetic, Smooth Ops are also incredibly professional bringing the polish and poise that only an experienced wedding band can deliver.  For a smooth operation and a night to remember, look no further than Smooth Ops.

Andrew Rickard provided this review on Facebook, “Exceptional show band for every occasion!”

Hitparade

Performing at over 60 weddings each year Hitparade are a multi-talented four-piece band with each artist clocking over an impressive 20 years in the industry.

Featuring a live guitar with male and female vocals they are known for delivering rich harmonies, broad arrangements and super stylish presentations to an ever-changing list of classics and hits.

For a Canberra wedding band who are small in size but big in sound look to Hitparade.

Joe Condi gave Hitparade a glowing review on Google, “We would highly recommend Hitparade for any function. Everyone at our wedding enjoyed, and danced the night away. My wife and I loved the performance that much that we stayed till the end.”

Brother Be

Formed in a garage in 2013, Brother Be is a four-piece rock band with a very important mission: to put a smile on your face. With a repertoire of upbeat party anthems that celebrate all the good things in life, their music will give your wedding the celebratory feel it deserves. Their music has shifted in the last few years from party jams to brooding and epic rock, but with no loss of energy – Brother Be is sure to unite the crowd at your wedding and have everyone dancing.

Baker Boys Band

Baker Boys Band are a customisable 3 to 14-piece band that specialises in high-energy live music. They are widely regarded, performing at weddings, corporate functions, and touring with artists for the last 15 years.

They offer diverse packages scaled to band size and are incredibly well versed in an array of musical styles. If you want a band to know what and when to play, Baker Boys Band is a sure pick.

Shanelle Bird shared this wonderful review on Google, “The Baker Boys were amazing. We love them, our guests loved them and we never wanted them to stop playing their music. They are professional, great to work with and their voices were amazing.”

Whilst you’re planning your wedding, why not check out our articles on the best wedding venues, wedding photographers, and wedding & marriage celebrants in Canberra.

Your experience with wedding bands in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the wedding venues listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a wedding band cost?
Each wedding band has its own fee structure determined based on their size, number of live instruments and vocals, their set length and incidentals like travel, accommodation, and crew meals. Costs typically range from $2,000 to $8,000 and up.
How long will the band play and what happens during breaks?
The typical set length for a live wedding band is 4 hours for a reception. If your band is also playing during the ceremony and canapes; then the overall length is longer. Each band will require some breaks for drinks and meals; and will manage this time accordingly. During reception breaks some may offer to play recorded instrumentals or songs of choice.
What stage, audio or visual equipment do we need to provide?
Most wedding bands will come well equipped with all that is needed on the day. In most cases all that is needed is space; and should a stage and additional equipment be available great bands will make the most of it. Be sure to run through venue facilities with your band ahead to time to ensure they are comfortable with the set up and allow for ample time to do so.
Do wedding bands tailor their song lists and take requests?
Each wedding band generally reflects a unique style and with it an accompanying song list. Great bands will work with you to create a list that reflects you and your guests, as well as being open to taking a few requests on the day.
Can we extend the set?
Most bands will be more than happy to extend their set, subject to their schedule on the day. It is worth defining an extension plan alongside the contract, to agree on when the decision will be made and respective costs.

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zllauh zllauh 4:46 pm 27 Sep 15
MissPandora MissPandora 11:38 am 25 Sep 14

I had Something like this play at my wedding last year. As you can understand planning a wedding is very stressful, but the band were incredibly helpful and professional. It put my mind at ease knowing it was one last thing to worry about on the day.
I had them play my ceremony and reception.
They played all the hits- from older stuff my parents and relatives could dance to, to current songs. They even stayed later to play when speaches and dinner ran over time.
I would definately recommend Something like this.

BHughes BHughes 2:51 pm 06 Jun 14

The Silky Six are a great option. I saw them at a corporate function a couple of months ago. They are a six piece (funnily enough) with male and female vocalists. Great set list. They also played some acoustic stuff over dinner.

Paula89 Paula89 1:45 pm 01 May 14

+1 to “Something Like This”.

Myself and my fiancee had them play for us at our reception a month or two ago. FANTASTIC! Super easy to deal with and got everyone up and dancing the whole night…highly recommended.

tamashanta tamashanta 8:13 pm 28 Mar 13

marcus77 said :

I’ve just had ‘Something Like This’ play at my wedding, and they were fantastic (And reasonably priced)
They played 60’s classics thru to modern day stuff, very professional and great to deal with.
We had them play as a duo during canapes and then as a four piece band at the reception.
Highly recommended!..

Thanks for the rec, marcus77! I’ve just booked these guys, which is not how I thought my day would end, but what can I say, they won me over! I’ve had a really positive experience so far, and Rohan is great — very professional, prompt email replies, really friendly, and made a real effort to give us what we wanted.

Hopefully I’ll be back after the wedding (which is still a fair way off) with a similarly glowing review about their actual performance!

stingrayhead stingrayhead 7:13 pm 30 Mar 12

Annie and the Armadillos are not the band they were a few years ago, the musicians all quit in March 2010 when they found they were being ripped off, what’s been patched together since is a very dull band with an old-time blues based repertoire.

LSWCHP LSWCHP 9:52 pm 15 Aug 11

I’ll vote for Annie and the Armadillos as well. I hired them for a work gig a few years ago, and they had the place rocking.

marcus77 marcus77 8:50 pm 15 Aug 11

I’ve just had ‘Something Like This’ play at my wedding, and they were fantastic (And reasonably priced)
They played 60’s classics thru to modern day stuff, very professional and great to deal with.
We had them play as a duo during canapes and then as a four piece band at the reception.
Highly recommended!..

donkers donkers 12:12 pm 07 Jul 11

thanks folks – look forward to checking some of the bands out

flashy400 flashy400 1:59 pm 03 Jul 11

Check out the band Who’s Ya Daddy (http://www.whosyadaddy.com.au/)
They have an amazing list of covers and have a great list of soul/motown and hits from the 50s all the way up to current.

Mossop13 Mossop13 3:31 pm 29 Jun 11

Hiya Donkers. I play in a local cover band called Identical Strangers, and we’d love to talk to you. We do a wide range of music and can cope with whatever you are after.

You can email us at info@theidenticalstrangers.com and check out our website (including testimonials) at http://www.theidenticalstrangers.com.

If you want to see us live, we are playing at the Holy Grail in Kingston on Friday July 8, and King O’Malley’s in the city on Friday July 15. Both shows kick off at 10pm.

Hope to hear from you,
Darren

schmeah schmeah 3:51 pm 27 Jun 11

You’re getting married? Now, there’s your first problem.

Overheard Overheard 3:17 pm 27 Jun 11

While we’re sharing the love around, I’ll heartily second both Annie and the Armadillos plus Groovalicious.

I’d challenge the comment about Heuristic being Latin. Mitch had another Latin-based band, but Heuristic are much more versatile than that. He has a song list at the link above.

emd emd 2:52 pm 27 Jun 11

+1 for Annie and the Armadillos, they did my wedding and everyone had a good time.
Heuristic are good too, if you like a more Latin style.
Or if you want Top 40 rock covers, get Charlie Bold.

Swaggie Swaggie 1:43 pm 27 Jun 11

+1 for Heuristic and also look up Hit Parade, seen them 3 times and they’ve had the place rocking every time

pajumist pajumist 12:44 pm 27 Jun 11

Can highly recommend Groovalicious for dancing, awesome set list! 🙂 They play lots of local gigs so you can see them in action beforehand as well.

http://www.myspace.com/groovalicious

Overheard Overheard 8:00 am 27 Jun 11

Can personally recommend ‘Heuristic’ from having attended two weddings they played at.

http://mitchcanas.com/about.html

LSWCHP LSWCHP 7:50 pm 26 Jun 11

M0les said :

Annie and the Armadillos?

http://www.cenart.net/armadillos/index.htm

+1 on that. We had them at a work gig a few years ago, and they had the joint rocking.

M0les M0les 4:20 pm 26 Jun 11

Annie and the Armadillos?

http://www.cenart.net/armadillos/index.htm

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